re·​lieved | \ ri-ˈlēvd \

Definition of relieved

: experiencing or showing relief especially from anxiety or pent-up emotions

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relievedly \ ri-​ˈlē-​vəd-​lē \ adverb

Examples of relieved in a Sentence

I was relieved to hear that you're feeling better. He was greeted at the door by his much relieved mother.

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Your friend could feel relieved and excited to move on with life. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "10 Tips for Supporting a Friend Who's Getting an Abortion," 7 Nov. 2018 The minister was relieved to find his boss had meant only to encourage Malaysian companies to follow in his footsteps. James Hookway, WSJ, "Welcome Back, Mr. Prime Minister, Sorry About the View Out Your Window," 14 Oct. 2018 After years of getting blamed as the harbingers a the never-ending national culture war, the gaming community seems relieved to have someone who represents the hobby positively — for the most part. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "In 2018, Ninja became Twitch’s first mainstream star," 20 Dec. 2018 Sharma seems relieved at her success, her trademark toughness softened by knowing she’s in her ascent. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Meet Dipti Sharma, the India-Born Model Making Waves," 12 Sep. 2018 My mom said Lydia seemed relieved to no longer be carrying the burden of her secret. Adam Cayton-holland, Good Housekeeping, "Watching My Little Sister Battle Depression Was Incredibly Difficult. Then Things Got Worse.," 20 Aug. 2018 That relieved investors who were concerned that rising rates would drag down the U.S. economy and possibly bring an end to the nine-year-old bull market. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "Stocks surge as Powell hints at slower interest rate hikes," 28 Nov. 2018 Jose Alvarez relieved and promptly hit Greg Bird to force in another run, and Miguel Andujar had an RBI grounder. Charles O'brien,, "Masahiro Tanaka Leads Yankees Over Shohei Ohtani, Angels," 27 May 2018 The soldiers had been back in the United States for just a few days – exhausted from their nine-month deployment and relieved to be home. Greg Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, "Imperfect answers: A JBER soldier was killed in action, and his parents ask why," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of relieved

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of relieved was in 1850

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English Language Learners Definition of relieved

: feeling relaxed and happy because something difficult or unpleasant has been stopped, avoided, or made easier : feeling relief

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